FLORIDA Democrat Congressman, Joe Garcia, takes money from radical Muslim group, thinks Israel should be annihilated
Bare Naked Islam
USA is a Florida-based organization whose unstated goal is to give
radical Muslims a political voice in America. One way they do this is by
getting their leaders placed in key positions of power. Another way is
by making friends with thosealready in power. United States
Representative from Florida, Joe Garcia, is one of those friends. He has
accepted thousands of dollars from Emerge for his 2014 reelection bid,
and he has returned the favor by helping the group raise more money.
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Earlier this month, Emerge held its annual fundraising dinner in Miami,
at the DoubleTree Hotel and Airport Convention Center. Featured at the
event was Sayed Ammar Nakshawani, an Islamic lecturer from England who
is a devotee of Iran’s deceased terrorist leader Ayatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini and who has called for the destruction of Israel.
In a speech found on YouTube and the
lecture section of his website, titled ‘Sayed Khomeini’s Quds Day,’
Nakshawani states, “The shame in this world is that, if we put ourselves
down to a two-state solution, we would allow a country which has broken
60 UN resolutions to have their own freedom of peace. It is barbaric
that this Zionist state is allowed to continue.”
Given Emerge’s past, having this man
speak was no surprise. What was a surprise, though, was that a sitting
U.S. Congressman, Joe Garcia, would also be speaking at the event, even
after the leader of his political party, Debbie Wasserman Schultz,
cancelled her keynote address in front of the same group just two years
prior. One of the two co-chairmen of Emerge is South Florida attorney
Khurrum Basir Wahid. According to his bio, Wahid specializes in
defending “individuals charged with allegedly committing or conspiring
to commit acts of terrorism.”
Prior to helping found Emerge, Wahid
was a legal advisor for the national office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and a director of CAIR’s Florida
chapter. In 2007 and 2008, CAIR was named by the U.S. Justice Department
as a co-conspirator to the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas.
In 2011, Wahid himself was placed on a U.S. government terrorist watch list.
The other co-chairman of Emerge is
Afaq J. Durrani. Durrani is the General Secretary of the Islamic Society
of Greater Houston (ISGH), a sizable community organization consisting
of 19 area mosques. ISGH is a subsidiary of the Islamic Society of North
America (ISNA), which like CAIR, was named by the U.S. government a
co-conspirator in the financing of Hamas.
Tenphotos featuring Congressman Garcia at
the fundraising banquet are found on the Emerge Facebook page, some
showing him speaking at the podium, many with a huge smile on his face.
One of the photos is of him playfully grabbing the arm of co-founder and
former Emerge President Farooq Mith
Joe Garcia’s willingness to accept
money from an organization such as Emerge is troubling to say the least,
and his enthusiasm and eagerness to speak in front of the group is
evidence that his acceptance of the money was no mistake.